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Iowa Native Nick Collison retiring from the NBA after 15 seasons

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After 15 NBA seasons Iowa Falls native Nick Collison is hanging up his sneakers.

The Iowa Falls-Alden prep star first made the announcement Thursday in a story by ESPN's Royce Young.

"I started in cold gyms in small towns in Iowa and ended up playing in more than 1,000 games over 15 years in the best league in the world," Collison said. "I've had an incredible run. I'm proud of my career.

"But it's time to go. I'm retiring from competitive basketball."

Collison, 37, led the Cadets to back-to-back state championships in 1997 and 1998. He later went on to play at the University of Kansas, where his No. 4 jersey is retired.

Collison was selected 12th overall by the Seattle SuperSonics in the 2003 NBA Draft. He spent his entire 15-year NBA career with the franchise, which moved to Oklahoma City in 2008. He played in 910 regular-season games with 177 starts, averaging nearly six points and five rebounds per game.

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